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Great question. Here's my $0.05 (I'm giving you more than a tupence so deal with it). If the question is old and good, then answer it if you can. If the question is old and poor but can be edited to be good, then edit it and answer it. If the question is old and off topic then vote for it to be closed as off topic. If the question is old and too localized ...


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My problem is that "basic" is such a moving target and has a whole lot of relativity. And the gap is widened by the fact that the people who are active in closing questions have an inherent difference of opinion of where the basic line is compared to those whose questions are being closed. While I do agree with the premise that we want to discourage ...


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I believe the intended use of the Too localised reason is for questions about problems that could be described with a reaction like, I cannot understand how you can have a problem with that. Which, actually, can mean more than one thing. It can mean, This is just a blunder on your part, because you did not pay enough attention, or you were careless, ...


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I think we should close out questions that are abandoned and of no use. It helps keep the site clean and useful and helps ensure a good signal to noise ratio.


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I was not one of the reviewers or close voters, but a contributory factor may have been the first comment (now deleted): A vote to close as too localized around the same time initiated a Close Review process. Privileged users taking part in that review had the following options: Vote to leave the question open; (three needed) Edit the question to improve ...


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The "close reason" text: Too localized - this could be because your code has a typo, basic error, or is not relevant to most of our audience. I've italicized the part I feel is relevant to your question. Please don't take this personally; I think you did a fantastic job of providing a lot of detail, even going so far as to provide packet data, which ...


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All my fault. I missed: I would accept that answer if it didn't work perfectly with another server of the same version already ... so you can blame me :-) That part completely changed the question, and I skimmed over it. I enjoy admitting being wrong, so it's all good.


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Although I do feel honoured by being mentioned in your question, my comments have not always been well received. I've got a bunch of pre-defined comments lying around, which I will modify depending on the nature of the question. But they are kind of for private use. There was a discussion on The Heap™ about this somewhere in 2018 where a new user was ...


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Yes! Add a new custom close reason using the default close reason as a template.


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I am all for being welcoming new users and providing great answers that make the internet a better place to find an answer to a problem. This is what we do well and the reason we do it better than many other places is that we have a high signal to noise ratio. So does pouring effort into this kind of question make the internet a better place? I think not, ...


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I agree; voting-to-close as dupe is easy to get wrong. And does tend to send the wrong message. In that vein, I've voted to re-open this, where you provided another excellent answer prior to it being closed. FYI, I think you did the right thing by adding a comment declining the duplicate. I disagree with the premise that we are "trigger happy" with the ...


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Sometimes questions seem too basic. Like this one: Select query to retrieve values even if are null My first impulse was: "Oh, another basic question about NULL, let's migrate it to SO or close it ..." On closer inspection it turned out to be a tricky problem that can even fool accomplished users. Of course, the wording could be improved, but we don't close ...


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Instead of closing questions as "too basic", or even "move to S.O." I would like to see a solid set of "community wiki" answers that we can point people to. Question here is how to create those answers so they are wide-enough in scope to be applicable to a large number of basic questions, while still being deep-enough to be of actual use to the user ...


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I'm not sure if my experience is typical, but every DBA I've known has been asked by management to "teach the basics of SQL to the team". And they all had their own stack of PowerPoint slides to teach people how to join tables and use GROUP BY. It's far from a good use of their time (why not bring in a local community college teacher instead?) but it seems ...


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Question #1 - while it is certainly not strictly about Java, the question is framed in the sense of a programming question, which is on-topic for StackOverflow.com, and since it doesn't reference or require any advanced database-related coding nor any database-maintenance or management issue, it is off-topic for dba.se. From the on-topic help page for dba....


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Not all closures will fall precisely into the exact interpretation of the wording jammed into generic close reason text. No matter how much we fiddle with that text, someone is not going to be happy that it didn't 100% accurately reflect the closure reason behind their question. In this case, I'm not sure there's a more accurate close reason for "give me ...


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Assuming the 'too trivial' premise is correct (if it is not, please disconsider), perhaps we could improve the close reason to: "Too localized - this could be because your code has a typo, basic error, or it is not relevant to most of our audience, or is too trivial. Consider revising your question so that it appeals to a broader audience. As it stands,...


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First question: would be on-topic for DBA if it wasn't also about how to interface this query to the Java code. Therefore I felt it was a better fit for SO. Second question: I have no idea why I voted to close that (before I had my coffee?) and I have retracted my vote. Third question: It's about creating deployment scripts in Visual Studio. There have got ...


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I voted to close the individual questions because of .... It contains references to Java and in the statement it is asking for the syntax of a Java/INSERT statement with specific variables: The INSERT would be on-topic, if it weren't too basic The Java/String concatenation is off-topic I didn't vote on that question as far as I can tell from my ...


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Shall we add a new 'off-topic' reason for questions that really need professional support? It seems to me that 'needs professional support' is an answer to the question, not a close reason. A good answer to the question would additionally include why this particular question requires professional support, and either a few sentences clarifying the basic ...


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No! People will choose the newly-reinstated default reason every time, depriving the question author of a more detailed reason for the closure, and specific advice on what to fix.


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Why not have a special tag or section where "too basic" questions can go. Those DBAs who feel unusually generous with their time can then go there to answer these questions (or provide links to RTFM). If you don't want to see the "too basic" questions, just add it to your ignore list of tags.


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[I'm adding this a separate answer so it can be voted on discretely from my other answer, and marking it as CW so I don't get credit for it!] Instead of closing questions as "too basic", or even "move to S.O." I would like to see a solid set of answers marked with specific tags that we can point people to. Question here is how to create those answers so ...


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My problem is that "too basic" can be somewhat subjective at times. I'd prefer that the questions not simply be migrated, but to label it as "too basic" and close the question with a simple answer. This way we can build up a agreed idea of "too basic", and then the problem would start to (hopefully) sort it self out.


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I interpret the close reasons ... as follows with my additional supplements. duplicate of... This question has been asked before and already has an answer The question (or a similar question) has already been asked and answered. Please have a look at the question and answer, and see if you can accomplish what you are trying to achieve, by adapting the ...


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I don't think it is limited to closing as duplicates - I think it extends to all other reasons for closure as well. Over the past few weeks I have seen questions that have been flagged for closure as "too broad", "unclear what you are asking" or "too localized", while this can be the case sometimes I also feel like there are good questions that are getting ...


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Perhaps I'm off base here, but I'm going to play devil's advocate. I can understand the point of a close question piece for the need for extensive research...but honestly? Do we really need it? First off I see the example posted above with -3 votes to close. Now maybe the OP didn't provide enough information (ok, I get that. hard to work with someone who ...


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